Lauren Weinstock, Ph.D.

Lauren Weinstock, Ph.D., Brown University

Young Investigator Grant (2008): $72,250

Mentor: Ivan Miller, Ph.D., Brown University

An Adjunctive Intervention to Reduce Suicide Risk in Patients with Bipolar I Disorder

Abstract: The aim of this study is to develop and evaluate the preliminary efficacy of an adjunctive intervention to reduce suicide risk in patients with bipolar depression. The intervention, the Coping Long-Term with Attempted Suicide Program for Bipolar Disorder (CLASP-BD), is an innovative, multi-modal treatment that administers cognitive-behavioral and family support strategies to patients via the telephone. Forty patients with bipolar depression who have been hospitalized after a suicide attempt will be randomly assigned to receive either CLASP-BD or treatment as usual over the six-month period following discharge. Assessments of suicidal ideation and behavior, mood symptomatology and psychosocial functioning will be made while the patient is hospitalized and at three and six months post-discharge. The investigators anticipate that study results will lead to the development of a suicide risk reduction program for bipolar disorder that can be readily implemented within a variety of clinical and community settings.